Lady Irwin College

University of Delhi
NAAC Accredation A+ | NIRF Ranking 24

Human Development and Childhood Studies (HDCS)


Established in 1970, the Department came into being as the Department of Child Development. Over the decades, while retaining this niche expertise, it evolved and broadened its focus to encompass the entire life-span hence the name Human Development and Childhood Studies.

The Department has been committed to providing a coherent framework for learning across the curriculum as well as encouraging faculty to retain unique teaching styles and interests. Classroom instruction, professional organisational linkages, community service, and supervised field experiences provide the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in Human Development. Extensive – and meaningful – use of IT provides students with a contemporary educational experience.

Unique strengths of the Department are:

Develops a multi-faceted understanding of human development

The varied domains of human development are both distinct and inter-related. Nature – in the form of our genetic make-up – does affect who we are. However, what we become is determined as much by the socio-economic, cultural, historical and educational, as well as our own volition and agency. Human beings shape the context for self and others, while also being shaped by it. Our courses explore these aspects in depth and enable a dynamic and forward-looking understanding that helps our students interpret their past and impact their futures.

Combines theory, practice and research

Theoretical perspectives that illustrate developmental patterns, appropriate methods of research inquiry along with practical work with children and families form the major constituents of the course.

Takes a multi-disciplinary approach and responds to emerging social trends

The description of social, cultural, economic and psychological dimensions educate students of the ideal and real influences on the lives of growing children. The changes in several social configurations have had an impact on the course content and resulted in revisions that take cognizance of plurality in workspaces, new forms of gender images, a growing understanding of relevance of the rights approach to social policy and legislation and the special place of the child in the 21st century. The course also provides changing and progressive growth of legal and economic provisions as well as support for children and youth by GOI and NGO efforts.

 A Child Study Centre located in the same building

Apart from academic excellence, the Department reaches out to the community through programmes such as the Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Child Study Centre, a counselling cell and an early intervention centre. The Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Child Study Centre, a laboratory school has been an integral part of the Department, providing regular hands-on experiences to the students as well as making quality services including early intervention, available to young children and their families. It also acts as a space for providing supervision to ECCE trainees from other educational institutions such as IGNOU,  Mobile Creches and Jamia Millia Islamia.

Prepares students for research and people-oriented careers

The multi-disciplinary curriculum draws upon the disciplines of Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology and Education. With people as our subject, learning is enhanced by the application of theory to real world issues. At the Masters level each student undertakes an empirical study under the supervision of the department faculty independently. This provides the experience of planning and carrying out research. Students also master the various aspects of developing print and audio-visual material for varied audiences across the lifespan. These fulfil needs that range from advocacy to education to entertainment. Organisational placements and internships are a compulsory component of the coursework. It prepares students for careers that focus on helping individuals, families and organisations in tackling developmental challenges and life-cycle issues. The diverse careers range from education and health to counselling, family-support services and media to policy development, national and international development projects as well as in research settings. The alumni work with children, families, communities, governments and organisations across the globe, influencing, in particular, the lives of children everywhere.

Contributions to Contemporary India

The Department furthers policy and practice in human development, with an emphasis on addressing children’s development, by

  • Preparing professionals with cultural rootedness and competence to deal with contemporary concerns
  • Undertaking qualitative and quantitative research to deepen the academic understanding of people, contexts, and development
  • Providing academic resource to the social and educational sector, governmental or non-governmental initiatives, and contributing to movements for social justice and human rights
  • Applying academic research to support industry/economy /business


Multi-disciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the life span in a culturally diverse, changing and complex world.


Human Development and Childhood Studies is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the lifespan in a culturally diverse, changing and complex world. Our endeavour is to apply contextual and systemic frameworks to the study of development and relationship processes through research, teaching and application.
The Department engages students in a curriculum that values and supports interdisciplinary perspectives and combines classroom learning with field opportunities. There is a special emphasis on the study of heterogeneity among children and adults in varied settings.


The programme structure and environment encourages research, scholarship and outreach opportunities to contribute to the field. The various courses offered in the Department enable students to:

  • Study the domains of human development from the life span perspective
  • Examine the interaction between the child and the socio-cultural systems, including educational settings
  • Promote competence in scientific study, research in the field, and the use of relevant assessment measures for children
  • Develop sensitivity and skills in working with children and families
  • Acquire working knowledge in counselling children and families
  • Plan and implement programmes for children
  • Create awareness about children and families living in difficult circumstances
  • Provide students with a situated career exposure through internships and placements.

Teaching Staff

Prof. Shraddha Kapoor
Prof. Priti Joshi
Dr. Punya Pillai
Associate Professor
Dr. Savita Sagar
Associate Professor
Dr. Indra Chander
Associate Professor
Dr. Dolly Florence Murmu
Associate Professor
Dr. Dimple Rangila
Assistant Professor
Ms. Arpit Yadav
Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Dr. Karan Sachdeva
Assistant Professor
Dr. Deepa S. Kannur
Assistant Professor
Dr. Chanda Rawat
Assistant Professor
Ms. Kritika
Assistant Professor
Ms. Shikha Tiwari
Assistant Professor
Ms. Rakhi Dhaka
Assistant Professor

Non Teaching Staff (In alphabetical order)

Devendra Sharma
Pratap Chand
Surma Devi
Varun Kumar Sharma

Time Table

For Time Table, please view the Time Table Page

Distinguished Alumnae

  1. Anjali Misra, Professor of Special Education, SUNY Potsdam
  2. Anubha Rajesh, Chair Professor, Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research, Jamia Millia Islamia
  3. Ashmeet Oberoi, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, University of Miami
  4. Huma Kidwai, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank
  5. Jaisika Goel, Founder, Crafting Lives
  6. Jyoti Dhingra, International Programme and Policy Advisor, World Food Programme, Dhaka, Bangladesh; National Representative India, ARNEC
  7. Nandita Chaudhary, Consultant
  8. Neha Singh, Indian theatre maker, author and campaigner, Initiator of Why Loiter movement
  9. Parul Srivastav, Deputy Director, NIPCCD
  10. Rajni Dhingra, Professor and Dean Research Studies, University of Jammu
  11. Roopa Shankar, Principal, Little Scholars, UP Sajeetha Barathi, Principal, The Titan School, Hosur, Karnataka
  12. Sajeetha Barathi, Principal, The Titan School, Hosur, Karnataka
  13. Sujata Sriram, Professor, TISS
  14. Sunisha Ahuja, Education Specialist ECE, ‎UNICEF India
  15. Suniya S. Luthar, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer, Authentic Connections

Placements & Internships

Our students get placed in best of companies and organizations. The students also get a chance to do the internships very renowned companies and organizations. Complete list can be viewed here: Placements & Internships

The Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies has over the years developed anetwork with various reputed schools, government and non-government organisations and other research and extension agencies. Every year in the months of June-July, students are helped to link with these organisations based on their interests for the purpose of internship. This provides excellent opportunities to prepare for and understand the professional world through field exposure, hands-on learning and peer networking. Students document their experiences as well as make a presentation at the department which leads to both reflection and consolidation of their work. As a consequence of good performance these organizations have also offered employment to the students, once recent example is SEWA Bharat.



Sr. No. List of organisations
1. Human Dreams India
3. YP foundation
4. Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Services Commission
5. Titli

2020 List of Interning organizations
1. National Council of Educational Research and Training
2. Pratham
3. Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
4. The Kutumb Foundation

Annual Calendar

Date  Activity
May, 2020 – July, 2020 A series of webinars were conducted during the period of May to July, 2020
August, 2020 Classes resume for Masters-I
September, 2020 Online internship of Masters student in Institutes of Disability for one month period. Workshop on storytelling; Theatre workshop
October, 2020 Technical Review Board meeting for Masters thesis proposal. Workshop on parenting and early intervention in neonates (Lecture in the series of 50th year celebrations of the Department)
November, 2020 Institutional Ethics Committee meeting for Masters thesis proposal. A five-day workshop organised on ‘Gender’ Lecture in the series of 50th year celebrations of the Department
December, 2020 Webinar on ‘Disability’ Lecture in the series of 50th year celebrations of the Department
January, 2021 Webinar on ‘Entrepreneurship skill acquired through Human Development’ Lecture in the series of 50th year celebrations of the Department
February, 2021 Webinar on ‘Child Rights’ Lecture in the series of 50th year celebrations of the Department
March, 2021 Webinar on ‘Cultural diversity’ Lecture in the series of 50th year celebrations of the Department
April, 2021 Final presentation of Masters dissertations
May, 2021 Semester exams

Departmental Activities

The all-round academic, social and professional development of students is facilitated by a diverse calendar of activities round the year. Complete list of activities can be viewed here: Departmental Activities

  1. Orientation program for Postgraduate students
  2. Internships for students
  3. Trainings and workshops
  4. Special lectures
  5. Educational visits and trips
  6. Orientation program for parents of RAK Child Study Centre
  7. Annual Day, RAK Child Study Centre
  8. Alumnae meet (Bi-annual)
  • The programme provides opportunities for students to get to know the department, other students, and staff and faculty. The orientation also includes relevant information, advice from staff as well as what students can expect as part of their experience in the two years at the department. The students are also familiarised with college resources and services. A panel discussion with alumnae of the department is also held to offer multiple perspectives on the discipline as well as career options that lie ahead.
  • The internships provided the M.Sc. students an opportunity to get a “real life” experience in an organizational setting. They learnt on the job, improved upon their skills and had access to research and practice in the field. Placements were in a variety of both government and non-governmental organizations.
  • An interactive and exploratory session on self, consent and expression by Ms. Malavika Goyal, Ashoka University
  • Engaging with children, music and movement and understanding self through Theatre, Dr. Asha Singh, Senior Consultant
  • Processes in developing media content for children: Global and Indian perspectives, Dr. Asha Singh, Senior Consultant.
  • Workshop on Yoga and Wellbeing, Dr. Ajay Kumar Shastri, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • A workshop on developmentally appropriate activities in an early childhood classroom, Ms. Sarita Prabhat, Consultant
  • Workshop on wellbeing in current challenging times by Ms. Luckshmi Mirgh, Art of Living
  • Session on dance and movement therapy by Ms. Rashi Trehan
  • Teacher’s Collective efficacy and student achievement by Mrs. Akanksha Aggarwal, Education Collective
  • Skill-Development for adolescent girls and youth in rural Bihar by Mrs. Yuman Hussain from Azad India Foundation
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences: Application, challenges and analysis, Dr. Jay Prakash from Ministry of Health, Govt.of India
  • An Anthropological glance at COVID-19, Dr Kiranmala Devi, Department of Anthropology, DU
  • Gender issues during the pandemic: Ground realities, Ms Ankita Upreti from SEWA Bharat
  • Animal Assisted Therapy by Ms. Poorvaja Kumar, Human of Canines
  • Nurturing social-emotional learning in early adolescence, Dr. Pranalee Sharma
  • Science and Ethics in a Post-Colonial Society: Students responsibilities for a better future by Dr. Nandita Chaudhary, Senior Consultant
  • Expressive Art and Learning, Ms. Shaloo Sharma, Evoluer Solutions
  • Session on working with children and youth: Preparing young professionals for education and development Sector, Ms. Mamta Saikia, CEO, Bharti Foundation
  • Gender, labour and collectivisation, Ms. Sonal Sharma, Self Employed Women Association
  • Sharing of field experiences on child rights and welfare, Ms. Jyoti Srivastava, Azim Premji Foundation
  • Policy and Budget, Ms. Karuna Bishnoi, Senior Consultant
  • Assessment and Evaluation: High quality in ECCE, Saurabh Luthra
  • Children’s development and lives: reflection in policy and programmes, Ms. Swati Chawla, TSG, EdCil
  • Optimising children’s well-being at home: Lessons from implementation in diverse contexts, Ms. Jyoti Dhingra, Senior Consultant
  • Technology in education: Students as producers of technological artifacts by Ms. Ishmeet Kaur, TISS
  • Counselling- A Therapeutic Journey, Ms. Adya Ahuja

The department has effective collaborations with other institutions to strengthen research activities, educational partnerships, and contribute to community and policy development. Some of the organizations that the Department provided resource input to and collaborated with during the year:

  • Central Adoption Resource Authority
  • Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED) Ambedkar University
  • Miranda House, University of Delhi
  • NCERT, New Delhi
  • Pratham, Delhi
  • UGC
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
  • Public Health Resource Network, New Delhi
  • Aditi Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi
  • The Department reached out to the community through the Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Child Study Centre (RAKCSC), a counselling cell and an early intervention centre.
  • CThe RAKCSC also provided placement to ECCE trainees from educational institutions such as IGNOU and Mobile Crèches.
  • Other outreach consultancies were in the fields of: ECD training, Inclusive Education, Elementary Education, Theatre in Education, and Media.
  • The department provided support and advocacy for Gender Justice, Child Rights, Children and the Law and Inclusion and Adoption

Research & Publication

The department is involved in various research projects. Here are some of projects and publications. Complete list can be viewed here: Research & Publications

Completed projects
  1. UNICEF Project to develop the content for a resource kit on responsive parenting for children from birth to 6 years. Collaboration between Dept of DCE and HDCS
    • Core team- Archna Kumar, Dr. Vinita Bhargava, Dr. Aparna Khanna, Dr. Shraddha Kapoor, Dr. Dimple Rangila, Ms. Nikita Aggarwal, Ms. Aparajita Sharma
    • Project Duration- Nov 2019-2021
  2. International partners collaborating to improve student learning from assessment and feedback: an evidence-informed approach (Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, University of Winchester, U.K. and Saurashtra University, Rajkot). British Council Internationalising Higher Education, Knowledge Economy Partnerships (KEP) award).
    • Principal Coordinator- Dr. Priti Joshi
    • Project Duration- 2013-2014
  3. Impact of Nutrition Indicators on Physical Growth and Cognition in Preschoolers. Lady Irwin College and GlaxoSmithKline
    • Project Director- Dr. Punya Pillai
    • Project Duration- 2011-2012
  4. Research project ‘Parent beliefs, socialisation practices and children’s development in Indian families’. Major Grants, University Grants Commission, New Delhi
    • Principal Investigator- Dr. Nandita Chaudhary
    • Project Duration- 2010 – 2012
  5. Research project ‘Self and Identity of the young child: Emerging trends in contemporary Indian families’, Senior Fellowship, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi
    • Principal Investigator- Dr. Nandita Chaudhary
    • Project Duration- 2012 – 2014
Dr Vinita Bhargava

Published book

  1. Bhargava, V. (2005). Adoption in India: Policies and Experiences. New Delhi. Sage Publications (25th July 2013/15 Republished as a SAGE CLASSIC)

Published book chapters

  1. Konwar, D.; Bhargava, V. & Sharma, B. (2017). Resisting Early Marriage- case study from tea gardens of Assam. In “Resistance in Everyday Life: Constructing Cultural Experiences” N. Chaudhary et al.(Eds). Springer publication (ISBN 978-981-10-3581-4).
  2. Bhargava, V. & Srinivasan, P. (2017). Classical Indian Dance and the Dancer: Engaging with Tradition and Modernity. In “Resistance in Everyday Life: Constructing Cultural Experiences” N. Chaudhary et al.(Eds). Springer publication (ISBN 978-981-10-3581-4).


Dr. Shraddha Kapoor

Published book chapters

  1. Kapoor, S. (2021). Women in Kerala: A Commentary. In, A. Palackal, N. Chaudhary, & P. Marsico (Eds.), Making Distinctions: Towards A Social Science of Inclusion. (Series Editor, J. Valsiner) Advances in Cultural Psychology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  2. Chaudhary, N., Kapoor, S. & Pillai, P. (2020). Early learning and holistic development: Challenges, prospects, and way forward. In, (Editors), State of the young child in India. Mobile Creches, New Delhi.

Published research papers

  1. 1.Marothiya, N., Kapoor S., Bhargava V., (2021). Child Protection in India: Issues and Policies. GORTERIA JOURNAL.34(1), 389-396.
  2. Marothiya, N., Kapoor, S., Bhargava, V., (2020). The impact of COVID-19 crisis on the well being of children. Indian Journal of School Health and Well-being. 6(3).


Dr. Priti Joshi

Published book

  1. Joshi, P. (2019). Child Development and Education in the Twenty-first century. Publisher: Springer (International) Switzerland and Singapore ISBN: 978-9811392573.

Published Book chapters

  1. Joshi, P. (2020). India’s demographic dividend: addressing the challenge of poverty in educating adolescents. In M. Watzlawik & A. Burkholder (Eds.), Educating adolescents around the globe (pp.59-79). Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-030-37900-1
  2. Arya, Y., & Joshi, P. (2020). Teachers’ beliefs about early literacy development. In Malviya, R., Kalra, B.M., Asthana, N,, & Mehta, R. (Eds.), Learning: Trends, needs & opportunities (pp. 122-134). Renova International Publications: New Delhi. ISBN 978-93-87879-65-2

Published research papers

  1. Joshi, P. (2021). Partnering with indigenous communities to develop an equitable early childhood education curriculum in Odisha, India. Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 15(1), 9-27. Scopus index Print ISSN : 1976-1961 Online ISSN : 2233-5234
  2. Dev, P., & Joshi, P. (2021). Mothers’ beliefs about young children’s literacy and language learning at home. Education India Journal: A Quarterly Refereed Journal of Dialogues on Education, 10(1), 394-406. UGC CARE LIST Group-I ISSN 2278-2435


Dr. Punya Pillai

Published book chapters

  1. Chaudhary, N., and Pillai, P. (2019). Bruner and beyond: A commentary. Integrative Psychological and Behavioural Science, ISBN 1932-4502.
  2. Pillai, P. (2017). Making meaning out of a lifetime: The life and times of Indira Gandhi. In N. Chaudhary, P. Haviid, G. Marsico and J. Villadsen, Resistance in Everyday Life, Singapore: Springer, ISBN 978-981-10-3580-7.

Published research papers

  1. Chaudhary, N., Kapoor, S., and Pillai, P. (2018). Early learning and holistic development: Challenges, prospects and way forward. Technical Background Paper for the State of the Young Child in India Report 2020. Mobile Creches, New Delhi.


Dr. Savita Sagar

Published book chapters

  1. Sagar, S. & Bhargava, V. (2017). Dalit women in India: crafting narratives of success. In Chaudhary, N., In Hviid, P., In Marsico, G., & In Villadsen, J. W. (2017). Resistance in everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences. Springer Singapore. eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3581-4, DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-3581-4.
  2. Bhargava, V & Sagar, S. (2015). Birth and the NewBorn, In A. Singh (Ed). Foundations of Human Development: A life Span Approach. New Delhi: Orient Black Swan.  ISBN 97 881 250 5907 3


Dr. Dolly Florence

 Published Book

  1. Sachdev, P. Murmu, D, F.& Sakshi (2020). Basic Sociology. Publisher Elite Publishing House ISBN: 978-81-935996-7-9.

Published book chapters

  1. Murmu,D, F.(2017). Interrogating an untapped cultural legacy of hul: A personal view on Santhal medicinal knowledge. In Chetan, A. & Sinha, A. (Eds) From Resistance to Revolution: The Hul and its Legacy, Shree Publisher and Distributor, New Delhi. ISBN 978-81-8329-923-7
  2. Rana, A.& Murmu, D. F. (2016). Hidden curriculum as a source to understand gender roles. In Choudhary, G., et al (Ed). Learning: Issues and Aspects (pp 268-209). New Delhi: Global Books Organization. ISBN978-93-80570-87-7.


Dr. Dimple Rangila

Published  book chapters

  1. Rangila D. Addressing classroom diversity through storytelling. (2020). In D. Joshi, S. Chabra, & I. Duttta (Eds.), Diversity in Education: Learning in a world of Differences (1st ed., pp. 100-115). Bookman.
  2. Kaur C. & Rangila D. Exploring identity formation of Sikh adolescents: Experiences at school. In publication.

Published research papers

  1. Bhamrah, A., & Rangila, D. (2020). Visually Impaired Person’s Experiences of Social Inclusion. Indian Journal of School Health & Wellbeing, 6(1), 23-30.
  2. Rangila, D. (2019). Everybody has a story: Use of storytelling to address inclusion and diversity in primary classrooms. International Journal of Advanced Education and Research. ISSN: 2455-5846.


Dr. Ridhi Sethi

Published book chapters

  1. Sethi, R. (2017). Voices of Children: Storytelling by Intellectually Disabled. In G. Choudhary, R. Malaviya, M.B. Kalra, N. Asthana, R. Mehta, & S. Chander(Eds.), Learning Teachers: Diversity, Inclusion & Ethics (pp. 143- 154). Kanishka.
  2. Sethi, R., Singh, A & Sharma, B. (2016). Early Childhood Care and Education in India: A Multipronged Approach. In G. Choudhary, R.Malaviya, M.B. Kalra, N. Asthana, &R. Mehta (Eds.) Learning: Issues and Aspects (pp. 379-39). Global Books.

Published research papers

  1. Sethi,R., Singh, A & Sharma, B. (2017). Road map for investing in the care of young children: Indian perspective. Integrated Journal of Social Sciences. 4(1), 9-14.


Dr. Dipjyoti Konwar

Published book chapters

  1. Konwar, D. (2021). Development of “Identity” among Adolescent Girls in a Gujarati community, Delhi. In, A. Palackal, N. Chaudhary, & P. Marsico (Eds.), Making Distinctions: Towards A Social Science of Inclusion. (Series Editor, J. Valsiner) Advances in Cultural Psychology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  2. Konwar, D.; Bhargava, V. & Sharma, B. (2017). Resisting Early Marriage- case study from tea gardens of Assam. In “Resistance in Everyday Life: Constructing Cultural Experiences” N. Chaudhary et al.(Eds). Springer publication (ISBN 978-981-10-3581-4).

Published research papers

  1. Konwar, D.; Bhargava, V. & Sharma, B . (2016).Growing up in rural Assam, India: experiences of young women”. Children Australia. Cambridge University Press Journal. (Dec, 2016) ISBN 1035-0772 (Print), 2049-7776 (Online)
  2. Sharma, A, Konwar, D. (2015). Struggles for Spaces- life of a woman street vendor. Delhi University Journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences . Delhi


Ms. Arpit Yadav

 Published research papers

  1. Fatima S., Bhargava V. & Yadav A. (2021). Exploring Media Fandom in the Social Lives of Young Adults. International Journal of Indian Psychology, 9(2), 476-485. DIP:, DOI:10.25215.0902.049
  2. Yadav A. & Dhawan P.S. (2020). “It’s karma… everything we do has a reaction”: Pandemic, peril, and progress. International Journal of Indian Psychology, 8(4), 204-223. DIP:18.01.028/20200804, DOI:10.25215/0804.028


M.Sc. Titles
S.No. Title Student Name Guide Name Year

Trends in Adolescent Friendship in Covid-19 Pandemic

Akanksha Kaushik Dr. Ritu Juneja 2021
2. The concept of well-being and the perceptions and experiences of young women Amrit Kaur Dr. Priti Joshi 2021
3. Changing patterns of play behaviour in early childhood during Covid-19 pandemic Ankita Yadav Dr. Shraddha Kapoor 2021
4. Online expressions during the COVID-19 pandemic: reflections on wellbeing in young adults Ashmita Singh Dr. Vinita Bhargava 2021
5. Daily routine of school going Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic Bhawna

Dr. Dipjyoti


6. Challenges faced by Indian athletes During COVID-19 lockdown Deepika Bidhuri Dr. Dolly Florence 2021
7. Relationship between smartphone addiction and perceived stress among young adults during covid-19 pandemic Dilkash Ara Dr. Dolly Florence 2021
8. Adolescent’s Engagement in Recreational Activities during COVID -19 Pandemic Dimpee Verma Dr. Dimple Rangila 2021
9. Online schooling during Covid-19 pandemic: Expectations and experiences of middle school children, parents and teachers Faiza Masroor Dr. Shraddha Kapoor 2021
10. Lifestyle changes among young adults during Covid-19 Jyoti Sharma Dr. Indra Chander 2021
11. Influences of Vipassana Meditation During Covid-19 Pandemic Latika Saware Dr. Indra Chander 2021
12. Virtual learning during Covid-19 Pandemic: Experiences and Perceptions of School Going Adolescents in Bihar. Monika Shailesh Dr. Punya Pillai 2021
13. Experiences of parents of preschool children during Covid-19 pandemic Neelam Yadav Dr. Ridhi Sethi 2021

Theatre and its Role in the lives of College Students in Aligarh during the Covid-19


Nidhi Singh Ms. Manisha Goel 2021
15. Insights of post graduate students on uncertainty in higher education due to Covid 19 pandemic Priyasha Sen Dr. Savita Sagar 2021
16. Lives of vulnerable Elderly during Covid 19 pandemic Rosmy Joseph Dr. Punya Pillai 2021
17. Gratitude & Coping in Early Adolescents in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic Saumya Sharma Dr. Vinita Bhargava 2021
18. Emotional Experiences of Adolescents During The COVID-19 Pandemic Shraddha Pangtey

Dr. Dimple Rangila

Ms. Arpit Yadav

19. Adolescents perspective on Happiness During Covid-19 Pandemic Simran Patwa Dr. Savita Sagar 2021
20. Meaning of work in the lives of young adults Tanya Jain Dr. Priti Joshi 2021


Ph.D. Thesis

Students awarded Ph. D.

S.No Year of Registration Title of Thesis Name of Student Name of Supervisor
1 2014 Perception of the self among Dalit young adults in government jobs: Beneficiaries of reservation policy Ms. Savita Sagar (2021) Dr. Vinita Bhargava
2  2013 Emotions in school: A study of 8-11 years old school children Ms. Pooja Maggu (2021) Dr. Shraddha Kapoor
3  2012 A study on impact of cash transfers on adolescent girls in India Ms. Dipjyoti Konwar (2019)

Dr. Vinita Bhargava

Dr. Bhanumathi Sharma

4  2012 Child care arrangements of parents in the I. T. Sector Ms. Ridhi Sethi (2019)

Dr. Asha Singh

Dr. Bhanumathi Sharma

5 2012 Television viewing by children in Mizoram Ms. Ngurdingliani Sailo (2018) Dr. Asha Singh
6 2013 Growing up in Vaishnavite Satras of Majuli, Assam Ms. Pranalee Sharma (2018) Dr. Asha Singh
7 2012 Ecology of care of children by siblings Ms. Shipra Suneja (2018)

Dr. Nandita Chaudhary

Dr. Bhanumathi Sharma

8 2011 Children as caregivers: Socialisation of older siblings as caregivers Ms. Varuna Nagpal (2017) Dr. Shraddha Kapoor


*Registered with the University of Bristol

The everyday lives of young people with intellectual disability in a northern Indian city: an ethnographic study

Mr. Timothy Ian Marshall (2017*)

* Affiliated to Lady Irwin College , PhD degree awarded by the University of Bristol

Prof. Val Williams, University of Bristol


Dr. Priti Joshi (Indian research guide)

10  2010 Children’s right to elementary education: Transaction of the right to education act in Himachal Pradesh Ms. Garima Sharma (2016) Dr. Priti Joshi
11  2010 Social competence of adolescents with learning disability: Role of peers Ms. Jasleen Kaur (2016) Dr. Neerja Sharma
12  2010

Profiles of children’s outdoor play and games

in urban settlements of Noida

Ms. Pooja Srivastava (2015) Dr. Asha Singh


Awards, Honors & Recognitions

The department and it’s members have received several awards, honors and recognitions. Some of them are listed below. Complete list can be viewed here: Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Vinita Bhargava
  1. Member of panel of NOC Committee for inter-country adoption of CARA. Wef. 1st April 2019-2021 (2yr period)
  2. Member, Screening Committee for selection of Candidates for Ph.D, Dept. of Home Science September 2019
  3. Expert Committee Member for designing Pre Ph.D course work of Ph.D in Child Development School Board of School of Continuing Education (SOCE), IGNOU (2021)
  4. Nominated as a Member of School Board of School of Continuing Education (SOCE), IGNOU (2021).
Dr. Shraddha Kapoor
  1. Member, Editorial board, Navtika Early Childhood Care and Education Journal since 2007
  2. ICC member, Pratham since 2018.
Dr. Vinita Bhargava
  1. Member, Screening Committee for selection of Candidates for National Bravery Awards by ICCW conferred on Republic Day 2019-2020
  2. Education for Mental Health Chair of Session National Conference on Learning 2019 Academics and researchers December 6th 2019 2 days 6th-7th Dec. 2020 Lady Irwin College
  3. Panellist on session for expansion of adoption programme and ensuring family based care for CNCP on 14th January 2020. Shraddha Kapoor
  4. Editorial consultant of The Children Australia Journal, Cambridge University Press since 2018
Dr. Priti Joshi
  1. Board member and advisor, KK Foundation, (a State level NGO) Faizabad, UP, support in Early Childhood Education, June 2019- present
  2. Member, Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC), Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), New Delhi, March 2017-present
Dr. Vinita Bhargava
  1. Member, Consultative Meeting for review of Adoption process implementation under the Adoption regulation 2017, 20th March 2019 at the MWCD, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi.
  2. Moderator for panel on Child Rights organized by Child Fund India and Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies as part of innovative nation-wide Campaign on ARTs for better Childhood- ‘Khilta Bachpan at the Lady Irwin College on 8th April 2019.
  3. Member of committee for drafting “National Guidelines for National Minimum Guidelines for setting up and running crèches’ under Maternity Benefit Act, 2017, by Ministry of Women and Child Development July 2018.
Dr. Shraddha Kapoor
  1. Editorial consultant of The Children Australia Journal, Cambridge University Press
Dr. Vinita Bhargava
  1. Member of committee for drafting “National Guidelines for National Minimum Guidelines for setting up and running creches under Maternity Benefit Act, 2017, by Ministry of Women and Child Development, 2018.
  2. Member of committee for drafting “National Guidelines for National Minimum Guidelines for setting up and running crèches’ under Maternity Benefit Act, 2017, by Ministry of Women and Child Development July 2018.
Dr. Shraddha Kapoor
  1. Consultant MHRD for ECCE and Girl Child Education for Central Advisory Board of Education
Dr. Vinita Bhargava
  1. Independent Study Project (ISP) Advisor India: Sustainable Development & Social Change. World Learning India/ School for International Training (SIT) (April 2016-May 2016).
  2. Advisory committee member for Play Everyday Project by Lego Foundation on 24th October 2016 organized by Sesame India Workshop, New Delhi.


Dr. Vinita Bhargava
  1. Member, Interim Ethics Committee for research undertaken by Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), Ambedkar University, Delhi. Oct 2015.
  2. Member (External Expert) Adoption Advisory Committee, State Adoption Resource Agency – Delhi (ICPS), Department of Women and Child Development Government of NCT of Delhi.
  3. Member Institutional Ethics Committee (Interim) Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), Ambedkar University Delhi. (2015-2016).
  4. Independent Study Project (ISP) Advisor India: Sustainable Development & Social Change. World Learning India/ School for International Training (SIT) (April 2016-May 2016).
  5. Advisory member for Sesame Workshop India on Everyday Play Project by Sesame Workshop and the LEGO Foundation (May 2016).


Value Added Courses

Sr. No. Value added course Approved by GB Date of Introduction Duration No. of students enrolled/ No. of times the program was offered during the same year (July 2019-June 2020) Remarks
Yes   – 4 months/20 weeks   – One time Could Not be introduced/ offered in year 2019 -20 due to pandemic.
Yes   – 4 months/20 weeks   – One time Could Not be introduced/ offered in year 2019 -20 due to pandemic.

** The courses were approved by GB however owing to the pandemic they could not be offered during the academic year 2019-20.

Capability Enhancement Programs

Skill Development Courses


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